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Boxer Johnny Tapia Dead at 45

on Tuesday, 29 May 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Cocaine

Johnny Tapia Dead at 45

Five-time boxing champion Johnny Tapia was found dead on Sunday in his home in Albuquerque. According to, his life had been invaded with drug addiction, depression, and frequent problems with the law.

Authorities were called to his home on Sunday, to discover the legendary fighter was dead. He was only 45-years-old. Tapia had lived a turbulent life from a young age, when his mother was brutally murdered. He was only 8-years-old when she was stabbed over 20 times with a screwdriver before being left to die, and the young boy was orphaned.

Tapia, known as "Burgue's Best," won five championships in three weight classes, including a WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight belts and the IBF featherweight title. In 2007, he was hospitalized for a cocaine overdose, and that week his brother-in-law and his nephew were killed in a car accident on their way to visit him in the hospital.

He was banned from boxing for three years, in relation to his cocaine addiction. After his return, he knocked out Henry Martinez to win the WBO bantamweight title in 1994, winning four more championships over the next eight years. He kept fighting up until last June. Police spokesmen Robert Gibbs said, "The death didn't appear to be suspicious."

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